Holy Cross’ Science and Math Alumnae: Where Are They Today?

Poster display helps celebrate 40 years of coeducation at Holy Cross
February 25th, 2013 by 


Nancy Romanowicz Cook ’76, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, is one of the alumnae featured in a series of posters now on display in the Integrated Science Complex.

As part of Holy Cross’ celebration of 40 years of coeducation, posters depicting women graduates from the natural sciences and math departments are currently on display in the Integrated Science Complex.

“We thought that the selection of alumnae from the different science departments would focus attention on the accomplishments of alumnae and also serve as a motivation for current students — male and female — about the options open to people who study sciences at Holy Cross,” says Bianca Sculimbrene, assistant professor of chemistry.

A total of 21 posters are on display, and are grouped by department. Alumnae featured range from graduates of the first class of women who attended Holy Cross all four years (Class of 1976) to women who studied on Mount St. James within in the last decade.

The posters will be up for the remainder of the spring semester, Sculimbrene says. They were designed by Sharon Matys, desktop publishing specialist in Graphic Arts.

Here are the alumnae highlighted, and the location of each group of posters:

Biology Display (in the walkway between O’Neil Hall and Swords Atrium)

  • Joyce O’Shaughnessy ’78 – Prominent medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer, Texas Oncology
  • Suzanne Deschenes ’90 – Associate professor of biology, Sacred Heart University
  • Cheryl Gatto ’98 – Research assistant professor of biological sciences, Vanderbilt University
  • Kate Freeman ’05 – Resident in pediatrics, St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Washington University

Chemistry Display (near Haberlin 230, the chemistry department office)

  • Anna Marie Kane ’74 – formerly Bishop Harrington’s representative for religious sisters, brothers, and priests in Worcester County
  • Alice H. Pincus ’74 – President of Pincus Associates Inc., Andover, Mass.
  • Mary Dacey White ’75 – Acting first justice for the Brookline District Court, Bedford, Mass.
  • Helen Gemborys Poremba ’86 – Full partner at River Road Pediatrics, Bedford, N.H.
  • Lisa Marcaurelle ’97 – Vice president of discovery chemistry, H3 Biomedicine, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Jude Rieger ’03 – Chemistry teacher, Fairfield Warde High School, Fairfield, Conn.

Math/Computer Science Display (outside of the math/computer science lab, Swords 219)

  • Jane Hawkins ’76 – Professor of mathematics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and treasurer, American Mathematical Society (first woman to hold position)
  • Nancy Romanowicz Cook ’76 – Professor of medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Ellen Keohane ’83 – Director of Information Technology Services, College of the Holy Cross
  • Suzanne Buchta ’95 – Managing director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, N.Y.
  • Elizabeth Sennott ’05 – Architectural professional, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP, N.Y.
  • Erin Connors ’06 – Senior software systems engineer, MITRE, Bedford, Mass.

Physics Display (opposite the eating area on the second floor of Haberlin, near Haberlin 219)

  • Sharon Tooze ’79 – Senior scientist, London Research Institute
  • Susan Kennedy ’85 – Leader of the Precision Engagement Unit at the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.
  • Karen Mohr ’86 – Research meteorologist and program manager in Applied Sciences – Water Resources for NASA, Greenbelt, Md.
  • Annie Marie March ’00 – Assistant physicist in the atomic, molecular, and optical physics group, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Ill.
  • Carolyn Martsberger ’02 – Physics instructor at Loyola University, Chicago

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